2014 WILLA Literary Award Winner for Original Softcover Fiction
“A fresh female voice and a bold take on environmental awareness—great read!” — WILLA judges, Women Writing the West, Golden, Colorado
". . . an adventure saga, a meditation on earth and water, a novel of pain and injury and the search for healing . . ." — Lillian Howan, author of The Charm Buyers
"beautiful language . . . deeply important story . . . gripping plot." — Jordan Rosenfeld, author of Make A Scene and How to Write a Page Turner
River guide Madeline Kruse has always been on the run from a family secret. With her father still MIA decades after his overseas service, Maddie tries to escape her pain once again on whitewater and in wilderness canyons—this time near the small town of Junction, Utah. Beside the Green River, she meets alfalfa farmer Chris Sorensen, who's been alone on his family's farm since his brother left to fight in Iraq and his parents spun apart. Chris is as blind as Maddie to the passions they might share. Will the two find their common ground in time to save the endangered places they love?
This debut novel about everything at stake in a forgotten corner of the West "keeps so many dazzling balls in the air: war, love, activism, wilderness—and always, always, the most dazzling ball of all—Lawton's dazzling descriptions of nature." — Jill Koenigsdorg, author of Phoebe and the Ghost of Chagall